THINGS I SAY WHEN I'M NOT ACTUALLY LISTENING TO YOU

Don't judge me. At least I'm trying to be polite.
  1. "That's crazy."
    #1. The classic. Everyone has been here. If you say otherwise, you're lying.
  2. "I couldn't hear you."
    So much nicer than telling you I just wasn't listening. Downside is that you'll have to suffer through whatever it is they were saying all over again.
  3. "I CAN'T hear you."
    Similar to to "I couldn't hear you" but this one might just get you out of having to fake listen to their story all together. When in doubt, blame the ambience.
  4. "Really?"
    WARNING: this one can go wrong. Boring speaker might ask you what detail you're referring to. Don't panic. Keep it vague and go with something like, "all of it."